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Wednesday, Second Week of Easter


I have always been a big-picture person. Today’s Gospel definitely paints a big picture regarding the essence of Christianity. St. Gaspar would spend no less than thirty minutes per day meditating on the crucifix. He did this because he saw in the passion, God’s great act of love.

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten son
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (John 3: 16)

I have always been a big-picture person. Today’s Gospel definitely paints a big picture regarding the essence of Christianity. St. Gaspar would spend no less than thirty minutes per day meditating on the crucifix. He did this because he saw in the passion, God’s great act of love. What Gaspar saw was salvation and eternal life. 

In February, in Los Angeles, we had our annual pilgrimage from St. Agnes Parish to the Cristo Arbol (The Christ Tree). A tree in our neighborhood, about a mile from the church, was struck by lightning more than 20 years ago. From the remainder of the tree, the image of Jesus on the Cross was carved. In addition to the hundreds of people who participated in the procession, several ballet folklorico dance troupes participated in costume with indigenous drums, bells, conch shells, flutes, lutes and other instruments. 

The procession was a celebration of life by a people who understand suffering. Through the incarnation, we have a God who understands life and suffering. St. Gaspar, during his time, understood life and suffering. As we continue to celebrate this Easter Season, let us embrace our God who walks with us, suffers with us, dies for us, and leads us to eternal life.

Rev. Timothy Guthridge, C.PP.S. (Kansas City)


 



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